Rev. William Burruss

Mount Calvary Baptist Church was founded on November 11, 1953 in a small rural community known as Spring Bank in Alexandria, VA, by the late Reverend William R. Burruss, Sr., and his wife, Sister Julia Burruss. The Reverend Mackley of the Mount Olive Baptist Church and the Reverend Wheeler of Antioch Baptist Church (Washington, DC) assisted in the organization of the Mount Calvary Mission. The founding members were the late Sister Mary Boulware, the late Deaconess Ora Scruggs, the late Deaconess Lonnie Bell Copeland, Julia Burruss, Deaconess Emeritus Vivian Boulware, Deaconess Georgia Vernon, and the late Minister Florence Wilkins.

The Mount Calvary mission was legally registered in Fairfax County as the Mount Calvary Baptist Church, upon the suggestion of Sister Mary Boulware. The first church building was built with the assistance of the late Deacon Albert Vernon and Brother William Boulware. The late Deacon George Williams, the late Deacon Nathaniel Copeland, Deacon Emeritus Robert Hill, the late Brother Harrison Quander, and the late Brother Curtis Wilkins built the second building. Reverend Burruss led this branch of zion until 1958. Under his leadership, weekly bible classes and prayer meetings were instituted on Wednesday nights. Reverend Burruss, with the assistance of members, built a meeting place on the property across from our present Annex. Reverend Burruss made the first down payment to an adjacent lot build a larger facility.

Rev. Isaiah Goodwin

In 1960, the late Reverend Isaiah Goodwin was appointed pastor. Under his leadership, the membership experienced a steady growth, a telephone was installed, floor tile was laid in the sanctuary, indoor bathrooms were completed, a communion table was given to the church, and new pews were installed. Pastor Goodwin resigned in 1967 to dedicate his full service to the Delaware Avenue Baptist Church.

Rev. Dr. A. A. Wilson

In May 1968, Mount Calvary was blessed when the late Reverend Dr. Albert A. Wilson was appointed as pastor. Under Pastor Wilson's leadership, the congregation continued to grow and many improvements were made to accomodate the current and new members. The mortgage was paid in full, new carpet was installed, county sewage service was acquired, construction was completed on the church's annex, air conditioning and new heating units were installed, and floodlights were installed around the exterior of the church. In addition to these improvements, the following ministries were implemented: Women's Ministry, Outeach Ministries, Volunteer Choir, Inspirational Choir, and Men's Chorus. Pastor Wilson ordained 3 Deacons and added 8 Trustees to the Trustee Board. Pastor Wilson remained a faithful and dedicated shephard of Mount Calvary until his illness would not allow him to maintain the arduous schedule of a full time pastor.


Reverend Frank R. Kelly, Sr. ― Pastor

(1992 ― present)


Rev. F. R. Kelly, Sr.

In October 1992, Mount Calvary embraced its present pastor, the Reverend Frank R. Kelly, Sr. Under his leadership, our church has been richly blessed. The installation of a new P.A. system, purchasing of a new organ, upgrading of office equipment and church computers, renovating of the sanctuary and annex, and revamping of Christian Edcuation curriculum are just a few improvements made. Under the leadership of Pastor Kelly, Mount Calvary has purchased a video system, wide screen televisions, a new set of drums, and AC and heating units for our Education Building. The U. S. Patent Office granted approval in August 2010 for our church logo and we started a series of the RED Bible study curriculum class in September 2010. Since his inception as shephard, Pastor Kelly has licensed 14 ministers, of which 3 have been installed as Pastors. Our pastor has added to the Deacon, Deaconess, and Trustee ministries. Also, many ministries were established.

Under Pastor Kelly's leadership, the Mount Calvary Baptist Church has embraced and built our online presence. Having started with our website, we now have social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. We even provide a livestream of our services using Facebook and YouTube. This online presence has allowed us the ability to connect with others (Relationship), share the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Evangelism) and build disciples (Discipleship) beyond our local community.


Contact Details

Mount Calvary Baptist Church
2221 Emmett Drive
Alexandria, VA 22307